Meditation, Buddhism, and Expressive Arts – Befriending and Transforming the Mind Demons
Arrival after 3pm on June 22th
We all want to be happy. We just don’t necessarily know how. The Buddha was clear in his teachings – happiness resides within us. Our innate nature is peaceful, radiant, loving and wise. So what gets in the way? Difficult mind states have root causes. The three roots poisons – greed, aversion, and delusion – create the mind demons of selfishness, anger, and control. Unrecognized, these unwise states motivate our actions and cause us to seek happiness in ways that are fruitless and potentially harmful to self and other. So what can we do instead? By training our mind and heart to be calm and clear, we can transform selfishness to generosity, anger to kindness, and control to compassion. Is this easy to do? No. But with practice, we can uncover the positive mental states that are shining like the sun under the clouds of mind demons.
In this retreat, Cheryl and Shelane will utilize meditation, Dharma teaching, and expressive arts to help students recognize and transform their negative patterns. This silent meditation retreat will include periods of Shamatha (calming concentration practice), Metta (Loving Kindness meditation) and Mahamudra (open awareness of mind). There will be some guided visualization practice. Daily Dharma talks and group interviews with the teacher will be part of the experience. Suitable for both novice and experienced meditators. No previous experience with the arts is needed.
Note - There will be expressive arts processes in this retreat, some of which may not be conducted in silence. Expressive Arts Psychotherapy uses diverse art modalities, including visual arts (e.g. painting, drawing, sculpture), music, and movement, to promote exploration and transformation. By being creative and spontaneous, each person finds a way to give expression to their personal story and to uncover obstacles to awakening. In so doing, we gain greater insights, release emotions, and explore our relationship with self and others. By examining the illusions of self, and getting to know our mind demons, we are empowered to engage with our stories and emotions in new ways and transform them.
Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation. It is hoped that people will give generously.
: 325$ to 475$ based on selection.
Shelane Donoghue M.A., R.P. is a Registered Psychotherapist using Expressive Arts Therapy in private practice in Toronto and with First Nations children, youth, families and communities in Northern Ontario.
She has been exploring Dharma for over 20 years, and is a devoted student of the late Namgyal Rinpoche, Lama Mark Webber, Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Lho Ratna Rinpoche and Sayadow U Thila Wunta. She has also studied with his Holiness the Dalai Lama, the 17th Karmapa, Lama Sonam Gyatso and Karma Chime Wongmo.
Shelane’s personal background is multi-racial with indigenous roots. She knows first-hand the importance of using creativity and meditation to grow, change and heal from life’s challenges. All of us need a sacred place of refuge to continue to awaken to greater freedom, compassion and wisdom. With joy, she wishes to serve this aspiration by awakening and cultivating the wisdom mind in all.
Denman Island, BC V0T 1T0
|Eco Kuti||$ 475.00|
|Hermitage Tent-Large||$ 425.00|
|Hermitage Tent-Small||$ 375.00|
|Own Tent & Bedding||$ 325.00|
|The teachings are offered freely. Dana is gratefully accepted.||$ 0.00|
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